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From Multiple Sclerosis News Today (August 14, 2020)--"35% of Newly Diagnosed Patients Given DMT in Follow-Up Years, US Study Finds":


https://bit.ly/3gXGUac
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TREATMENTS / Rituxan more effective than Gilenya, Tecfidera and comparable to Tysabri
« Last post by agate on August 13, 2020, 09:32:59 pm »

More on this study, from Multiple Sclerosis News Today (August 11, 2020)--"Rituximab More Effective than Gilenya, Tecfidera and Comparable to Tysabri, Study Finds":


https://bit.ly/30ViwQX
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MS - RESEARCH AND NEWS / (Abst.) MS management during the COVID-19 pandemic
« Last post by agate on August 12, 2020, 08:55:06 pm »
From PubMed (August 12, 2020)--"Multiple sclerosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic":


https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32772807/
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MISCELLANEOUS / Time to abolish nursing homes
« Last post by agate on August 11, 2020, 12:48:02 pm »
I've never understood why there have to be nursing homes at all. If they didn't exist, people would have to think of some other way of caring for those who need help because of aging and disability. Instead, nursing homes are there. They're handy. And then there is the way our society has of covering up the way things work.


"Aunt Sarah had to be put in a Home" (said very sadly, almost mournfully)--a way of saying that this had to happen. They had no choice.  Just one of those inevitable things.


(Except that it wasn't.)


And the well-known way in which many nursing homes present a sumptuously decorated facade in the form of a lobby or waiting area with flocked wallpaper and cheery colors, with everything all shipshape and sparkling clean--while the interior, where the residents are, reeks of urine and is packed with people who are getting in one another's way. Or tied to their beds, screaming.


I'm waiting to find out about some organization that is working hard to put an end to this ultra-profitable nursing home industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dangers to the health and well-being of nursing home residents, but so far I  haven't noticed anyone asking for an end to nursing homes.


But today there was a ray of hope--an article in The Nation (August 11, 2020), "It's Time to Abolish Nursing Homes":


https://www.thenation.com/article/society/abolish-nursing-homes/
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TREATMENTS / (Abst.) Rituxan vs. Tysabri, Gilenya, and Tecfidera in MS treatment
« Last post by agate on August 10, 2020, 07:13:18 am »
Some of the authors of the article abstracted here are well known in MS research. From PubMed (August 10, 2020)--"Rituximab versus natalizumab, fingolimod, and dimethyl fumarate in multiple sclerosis treatment":


https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32767538/


Note that clicking on the DOI in the abstract will take you to the entire article.


There is also this--also indexed in PubMed (August 10) and with some of the same authors--"Serious safety events in rituximab-treated multiple sclerosis and related disorders":


https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32767538/
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I've noticed over the years how many people with MS take  quite an assortment of supplements. Warnings have often been issued about the inadequate control of dietary supplements in the US, and here is another. This one is from Consumer Reports (August 1, 2020)--"FDA's Tattered Safety Net for Dietary Supplements":




https://bit.ly/33I7wbf
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From PubMed (August 7, 2020)--"Switching to ocrelizumab in RRMS patients at risk of PML previously treated with extended interval dosing of natalizumab":


https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32749910/
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TREATMENTS / (NEJM abstract) Ofatumumab shows better results than Aubagio
« Last post by agate on August 06, 2020, 06:01:28 am »
From the New England Journal of Medicine (August 6, 2020)--"Ofatumumab versus Teriflunomide in Multiple Sclerosis":


https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1917246?query=TOC


It might be worth noting that the study was funded by Novartis.
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MS - RESEARCH AND NEWS / (Abst.) Stressful life events associated with MS risk
« Last post by agate on August 04, 2020, 02:40:18 pm »
From PubMed (August 4, 2020), "Stressful life events are associated with the risk of multiple sclerosis":


https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32741033/
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MISCELLANEOUS / (Consumer Reports) Which protective gear you need during the pandemic
« Last post by agate on August 03, 2020, 08:42:23 pm »
From Consumer Reports (July 22, 2020)--"Protective Gear You Really Need During the Pandemic":


https://bit.ly/2PjA0zT
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